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City Council Votes 5-0 to Approve the Project

Earlier this week, the City Council considered the Sierra Gateway Apartments. Unfortunately, the Council voted unanimously to approve the project. This was hard to hear–that’s for sure.

I want to personally thank you for your role in helping to improve Rocklin and collaborating with us. Defeat is never easy, but we learned a lot in the process.  And, it gives me hope for the future of our great town.

Here is a short list of what we gained by trying to change the outcome for this project:

  • Increased community awareness about what’s happening in our town;
  • Improved understanding of the planning and environmental review process;
  • Greater understanding of our city’s policies, procedures, and government itself;
  • Skills working together, with neighbors, city staff, the Planning Commission, and City Council;
  • Improved coordination among neighbors, neighborhoods, and community groups; and
  • A united voice interested in ensuring our community’s quality of life is upheld.

Thank you.  Thank you for being a part of this.  Thank you for learning new things and stepping outside your comfort zone. 

Please know that one defeat isn’t the end.  There is always more to do, more to follow, more to be engaged with… And, now that we’ve been through this process, we know what needs to change.  For example, maybe we focus on revising policies and ordinances like the Tree Ordinance.  Should it include language that requires a certain percentage of healthy trees be retained on the project site?

There are many opportunities to affect change–and I look forward to your ideas. Let’s be pro-active instead of reactive. But for now, please take a break and enjoy the holiday season!

With gratitude,

Chris Wiegman

City Council Votes TODAY!

The City Council considers the Sierra Gateway Apartments project at 6:00 PM TODAY. 

The City has released a Public Hearing Notice indicating the Council will consider:

  • A permit for the Oak Tree Preservation Plan;
  • A permit for the Design Review;
  • The adequacy of the Environmental Impact Report; and,
  • Approving/Denying the project.

We need you there to oppose the Sierra Gateway Apartments project.

Let’s pack City Hall (3970 Rocklin Road, Rocklin) tonight.

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

The City Council will consider the Sierra Gateway Apartments project at its next meeting (tomorrow) Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 PM.  The City has released a Public Hearing Notice indicating the Council will consider:

  • A permit for the Oak Tree Preservation Plan;
  • A permit for the Design Review;
  • The adequacy of the Environmental Impact Report; and,
  • Approving/Denying the project.

This is it.  We need you there to oppose the Sierra Gateway Apartments project.

IT IS TIME TO RALLY THE TROOPS!  We need residents willing to attend the meeting and it would be great to have some willing to speak too!

Please let us know if you’ll be there.  Let’s pack City Hall (3970 Rocklin Road, Rocklin) on December 12th.

This is it! City Council to Vote 12/12

The City of Rocklin has posted the Public Hearing Notice for the Sierra Gateway Apartments project. Mark your calendars: the City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 PM. 

This is it.  We need you there to oppose the Sierra Gateway Apartments project.

The City Council will consider:

  • A permit for the Oak Tree Preservation Plan;
  • A permit for the Design Review;
  • The adequacy of the Environmental Impact Report; and,
  • Approving/Denying the project.

IT IS TIME TO RALLY THE TROOPS!  We need residents willing to attend the meeting and it would be great to have some willing to speak too!

Please let us know if you’ll be there.  Let’s pack City Hall (3970 Rocklin Road, Rocklin) on December 12th.

Community Meeting Scheduled for 12/2

The City of Rocklin Planning Commission recommended approval of the Sierra Gateway Apartments with a 3-2 vote.

That’s the bad new.  The good news is that the project exceeds the Design Review height requirements for the City–so we’ve not given up yet.  There are a few more meetings left.

We anticipate the project to go before the same Commission for the Design Review vote in December.

In the meantime, we are hosting a community meeting this Saturday to strategize and layout our game plan.  Please join us Saturday, December 2nd from 11 AM – 1 PM.  This meeting will be held at: 5239 Water Lily Ln.  

We hope you can attend. RSVP to let us know you’ll be there.

We Need YOU at the Planning Commission Meeting Tomorrow

This is our last reminder encouraging you to attend the November 7th Planning Commission meeting at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at City Hall (3970 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin).

Tomorrow night is the Public Hearing on the proposed Sierra Gateway Apartments.  The 195 unit three story complex is proposed for construction at the corner of Sierra College and Rocklin Blvd. 

We encourage you to attend and speak about the project.  If not, simply having you at the meeting is helpful!  We hope to see you there.

Download our flyer.

Let’s have this project ended once and for all–join us to urge for a “NO” vote on this project.

Attend the Tuesday Planning Commission Meeting

This is a friendly reminder to attend the November 7th Planning Commission meeting at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at City Hall (3970 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin).

That night there is a Public Hearing on the proposed Sierra Gateway Apartments.  The 195 unit three story complex is proposed for construction at the corner of Sierra College and Rocklin Blvd. 

We encourage you to attend, and speak about the project, if you so choose.  If not, simply having you at the meeting is helpful!  We hope to see you there.

Download our flyer.

Here is a quick outline of our concerns about the project:

  • Three story, high density apartment complex – it doesn’t fit the neighborhood.
  • Traffic and circulation – project generates 1,300 new car trips per day at an already busy intersection
  • Cumulative impacts of newly generated traffic not addressed sufficiently
  • Destroys over 300 mature oak trees (average age 75-125 years old)
  • Destroys wildlife habitat in creek corridor
  • Creates an exit directly into an established neighborhood (Hidden Creek) on Water Lily Lane.
  • Structures cover more than 60% of building envelope (violates City policy)
  • Increases pollution – noise, light, water, air – adding to greenhouse gases
  • Property has been fenced for over a year creating an artificial environment during EIR inspections
  • Emergency services will be challenged due to height (and density) of buildings

Already the Planning Commission has voted twice to deny the project… let’s have this be the third and final time.

Public Hearing & Community Workshop Announced

The City of Rocklin has posted the Public Hearing Notice for the Sierra Gateway Apartments Project. Mark your calendars: the Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30 PM. 

In addition, Citizens Voice is hosting a community workshop with Citizens for Tree Preservation on Saturday, October 28th at 10:15 AM to discuss the project and coordinate speeches and the approach.  We hope you can attend. RSVP to let us know you’ll be there.

This Planning Commission Public Hearing will address comments made on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and specifically the Design Review and the Oak Tree Preservation Permit.  Potentially, the project could be recommended for approval to the City Council that night.

IT IS TIME TO RALLY THE TROOPS!  WE NEED RESIDENTS WILLING TO SPEAK AT THIS HEARING.

At the community workshop, we’ll provide an overview of this contentious project and cite our collective objections; then, create talking points for individual speakers.  A quick review of some, not all, of our objections include:

  • Three story, high density apartment complex – it doesn’t fit the neighborhood.
  • Traffic and circulation – project generates 1,300 new car trips per day at an already busy intersection
  • Cumulative impacts of newly generated traffic not addressed sufficiently
  • Destroys over 300 mature oak trees (average age 75-125 years old)
  • Destroys wildlife habitat in creek corridor
  • Creates an exit directly into an established neighborhood (Hidden Creek) on Water Lily Lane.
  • Structures cover more than 60% of building envelope (violates City policy)
  • Increases pollution – noise, light, water, air – adding to greenhouse gases
  • Property has been fenced for over a year creating an artificial environment during EIR inspections
  • Emergency services will be challenged due to height (and density) of buildings

We share common goals with the El Don Neighborhood group and hope to join forces to send Rocklin a message that we are concerned about the environment and the negative impacts due to development in the City of Rocklin.

Reminder Draft EIR Comments Due Monday

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is out for the Sierra Gateway Apartment project in Rocklin.  Comments are due by 5 PM next Monday, June 12th.

The proposed project is 10 acres located at the intersection of Sierra College Boulevard and Rocklin Road. The proposal includes a 195-unit apartment complex with eleven residential buildings and one clubhouse building, associated infrastructure, private recreational facilities, parking and landscaping.

View/Download the document on the City’s website.

Written comments on the DEIR should be submitted at the earliest possible date, but not later than June 12, 2017 to David Mohlenbrok, Environmental Services Manager, Public Services Department, 4081 Alvis Court, Rocklin, California, 95677, fax (916) 625-5501,or David.Mohlenbrok@rocklin.ca.us.

This is our chance to engage in the process.  Your help and your donations especially allow us to remain fully engaged and create a better outcome for all of us.  Please consider a generous donation to support this important work.

Draft EIR Comments Due June 12th

It’s been a while since you last heard from us, but an important milestone has been reached. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is now out for the Sierra Gateway Apartment project in Rocklin.  Comments are due by 5 PM on Monday, June 12th.

As you may recall, the proposed project is 10 acres located at the intersection of Sierra College Boulevard and Rocklin Road. The proposal includes a 195-unit apartment complex with eleven residential buildings and one clubhouse building, associated infrastructure, private recreational facilities, parking and landscaping.

View/Download the document on the City’s website.

Commenting on the EIR is a critical step in the process.  If you have specific professional expertise on topics like: water, water quality, fire, public safety, traffic, biology, air quality, geology, etc.  We could use your help instead of having to pay for experts to comment on the EIR.

Even if your expertise is “it takes me eight light changes to get through this intersection” … that works because it makes you a local expert.

Email us if you are able to help volunteer your expertise.

Written comments on the DEIR should be submitted at the earliest possible date, but not later than June 12, 2017 to David Mohlenbrok, Environmental Services Manager, Public Services Department, 4081 Alvis Court, Rocklin, California, 95677, fax (916) 625-5501,or David.Mohlenbrok@rocklin.ca.us.

This is our chance to engage in the process.  Your help and your donations especially allow us to remain fully engaged and create a better outcome for all of us.  Please consider a generous donationto support this important work.